ˇ Trained in public administration
ˇ A consultant in the Ottawa-Montreal area
ˇ Born in the Maritimes; raised in the Gaspésie
ˇ Former political assistant in the Government of Quebec
ˇ Was the Liberal Party candidate in the riding of Roberval in the 1988 federal election; later joined the New Democrats and ran for the NDP in the 2000 federal election
ˇ 40 years old
ˇ Father of a daughter and a son.